SA congratulates Kabila on DRC win

2011-12-19 20:41

Johannesburg - The South African government congratulated Joseph Kabila on his election as president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Monday, the international relations department said.

"In this regard, the South African Government wishes to reaffirm its desire to further enhance its strong relations with the DRC," spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement.

Monyela said the government of SA would continue to work with the DRC on devising mechanisms and processes to ensure rapid development in bilateral projects for mutual benefit.

"South Africa remains committed to a strategy of post-conflict reconstruction and development in the DRC that is aligned with that of the African Union."

Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will represent SA at the presidential inauguration on Tuesday.

DRC opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who lost the election in November according to official results, insisted on Sunday he was the "president elect".

The move heightened tensions in the country where the poll result that handed Kabila another five-year term has sparked violent protests and looting in the capital.

  • pkmaboko - 2011-12-19 21:02

    Its a shame if South Africa government can endorse FRAUD and CORRUPTION like this, a big shame when everybody knows there were massive fraud and corruption in DRC elections....

      Henry - 2011-12-19 21:08

      The South African government will endorse anyone and anything linked to fraud and corruption.

      Willy Widikin A Kapan - 2011-12-19 21:12

      move on it is history now....let focus the country the whole not individual...may peace prevail in drc

      Squeegee - 2011-12-19 21:14

      WHY? Why would we (the government represents the people) endorse an internationally disputed election? Please note my vote against this Mr President.

      Ronald - 2011-12-19 21:48

      How can you expect any other reaction from a SA government that concludes that it had been a fair election even before the process had been finalized. Heard a report on the radio today from election monitors from North Africa that they have lost respect for the opinion of SADEC countries as their positive verdict on the election indicates how much the principals and criteria of these countries have deteriorated.

  • Max - 2011-12-19 21:08

    Exactly what I predicted this seems as if our government is making a special effort to be seen as the biggest two faces in the world.

  • Paris - 2011-12-19 21:43

    It`s very sad that the ANC that fought so hard injustice,tyrany can today be the fisrt party to support and sponsor murderers in DRC!! But guess what like it or not kabila is not going to rule DRC.The people of DRC will prevail against their enemies who support corruption and greed and murderers.

  • mnganduna - 2011-12-20 22:44

    It's a shame to the South Africa and the same time to whole of Africa. Kabila is has cheated in these elections, he's a killed, a dictator, he's ruining the DR Congo. If this is the standard ZUMA has to set for Africa, I am afraid of where he will lead South Africa

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